CES 2017: BlackBerry introduces OS for autonomous industry
BlackBerry QNX Software Development Platform 7.0 aims to secure connected cars, as well as enhance performance
BlackBerry is committed with its move towards software services, as it has announced a secure operating system, dubbed QNX Software Development Platform 7.0, for the automotive industry.
Building on BlackBerry's QNX technology, QNX SDP 7.0 is a 64-bit OS which intends to raise the bar for security and performance in cars.
John Wall, senior vice president and head of BlackBerry QNX, said: "To develop these new systems, our automotive customers will need a safe and secure 64-bit OS that can run highly complex software, including neural networks and artificial intelligence algorithms. QNX SDP 7.0 is suited not only for cars, but also for almost any safety- or mission-critical application that requires 64-bit performance and advanced security. This includes surgical robots, industrial controllers and high-speed trains."
QNX SDP 7.0 provides high performance and kernel-level security through an array of features, including microkernel architecture, file encryption, adaptive time partitioning, a high availability framework, anomaly detection, and multi-level policy-based access control.
It also features the QNX Neutrino Realtime OS and QNX Momentics Tool Suite, this OS helps guard against system malfunctions, malware, and cyber-attacks by implementing a multi-level, policy-driven security model that incorporates best-in-class security technology from BlackBerry. The OS also offers a safety pedigree proven by certification to ISO 26262 ASIL D for automobiles and to IEC 61508 SIL 3 for industrial automation systems, and by compliance with IEC 62304 for life-critical Class III medical devices.
As automakers look to consolidate domain functions such as infotainment, telematics, and digital instrument clusters into a virtual cockpit controller, QNX SDP 7.0 provides a realtime OS that supports 64-bit for the ARMv8 and Intel x86-64 architectures, along with virtualisation capabilities.
At CES 2017, the technological capabilities of QNX SDP 7.0 will be demonstrated in BlackBerry QNX's 2016 Jaguar XJ and 2017 Lincoln MKZ concept cars.